Jim Hayes. I'm a techie entrepreneur who, with my wife and
business partner, Karen, started one of the world's first
fiber optic test equipment companies, Fotec, in 1980. Fotec
was acquired by Fluke Networks twenty years later. I had
also been involved in training cabling and fiber optic
technicians since 1982 through a Fotec organization we
called Fiber U. The Fotec and Fiber U websites and all the
training materials we created were probably the most popular
in communications cabling. In 1995, the instructors at Fiber
U decided the industry needed a professional society so we
got people in the industry together and founded The
Fiber Optic Association.
Today I'm the President of The Fiber Optic Association and Karen and I run The FOA and VDV Works, a consulting company. We've revived the FOTEC Lennie Lightwave's Guide To Fiber Optics and Uncle Ted's Guide To VDV Cabling on the web for everyone who missed these highly-praised introductions to fiber optics and structured cabling. Fiber U has been adopted by FOA for their free online web-based training. I edit and/or write the FOA textbooks on fiber optics and cabling (as well as a couple of my own), write articles and columns on cabling for many publications and serve as a contributing editor to Electrical Contractor and IMSA Journal magazines. I'm also a frequent speaker at seminars and conventions to promote the FOA. I even sometimes venture out to do training, especially training instructors.
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